Sheriff: Argument over grades led to mother's slaying

Published: May. 30, 2015 at 12:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2015 at 12:13 PM CDT
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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Officials said the son of a Mentone woman who was found beaten to death on Friday admitted to her death, and said it was the result of a confrontation over his grades in college.

Tyler Blansit, 22, was arrested early Saturday morning for the murder of his mother, Sherry Blansit. Blansit had been found beaten to death behind her home in Mentone.

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Sheriff Jimmy Harris said Blansit confessed to killing his mother after they got into an argument over grades.

"Usually we'll have calls where a parent has whipped a child because of grades, a child has run away because of bad grades, but we've never had anything like this happen," Harris said Saturday.

According to Mentone Police Chief Brad Greg, Tyler told investigators that he struck Sherry in the head with a baseball bat during the height of their confrontation.

Harris said it appears the mother's death was the result of blunt-force trauma to the head, but that an autopsy will provide further information. Sherry Blansit's body was transported to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville.

Officials said Tyler is a student at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. According to a UAB database, he is studying biology.

Sheriff Harris confirmed Tyler was the person who called 911 on Friday, alerting them to the scene.

Investigators said they found scratches on Tyler's body when they met him at the scene. He also sported a knot on his head.

Sheriff Harris called the scene "brutal." Experts from Jacksonville State University were called to assist in collecting forensic evidence.

He said that despite Tyler's confession, they are still asking the public to come forward with any information which may help investigators.

"It's just one of those things you can't explain; we'll never be able to explain what went through his mind, why he snapped and did this," Harris said.

Tyler Blansit is currently in the DeKalb County Jail. Bond has not yet been set.

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